Electric Nikola TRE To Be Produced In Germany From 2021 On
Nikola TRE to enter production in about a year with up to 400 km (249 miles) of range.
Nikola Corporation and CNH Industrial (owner of the IVECO truck manufacturer and the FPT Industrial powertrain brand), which invested in Nikola some $250 million, announced that the upcoming electric Nikola TRE (based on the new IVECO S-WAY platform) will be produced in Ulm, Germany at the IVECO manufacturing facility.
“Today, the site in Ulm is IVECO’s chassis engineering hub, ideally situated at the heart of the Baden-Württemberg region, which is striving to become a leading hub for fuel-cell mobility thanks also to its skilled workforce and research labs. The region has committed a substantial investment to fund research and development projects in the area which has a strong automotive industry, with strategic project partnerships, meaning the Ulm facility will benefit from close proximity to key suppliers.”
The all-electric version of the truck will be unveiled at the IAA 2020 commercial vehicle exhibition in Hannover, Germany this September, while in mid-2020, the first prototypes will enter the test phase.
Production of all-electric 4×2 and 6×2 articulated trucks is scheduled to start in Q1 2021 through an initial investment of €40 million, while the hydrogen fuel cell version is expected two years later in 2023.
“In the first stage of the project, €40 million will be invested by the joint-venture Company to upgrade the manufacturing facility, which will focus on final assembly of the vehicle. Start of production is anticipated within the first quarter of 2021, with deliveries of the Nikola TRE beginning in the same year.”
“The Ulm facility will receive module supplies from IVECO´s manufacturing locations in Valladolid and Madrid, Spain, which will enable a rapid ramp up to meet expected customer demand. Fuel-cell electric versions, built on the same platform, will be tested under the EU-funded H2Haul project during 2021 for an expected market launch in 2023. The Nikola TRE currently in development is based on the new IVECO S-WAY platform and integrates Nikola’s truck technology, controls and infotainment.”